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PAG Event: How lockdown affected pupil performance

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PAG event

How Lockdown Affected Pupil Performance

a presentation by David Watts MA, CIPD, ICSA

home learn

7.30 pm Monday 27th June 2022

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas

In the last few years PAG has published three articles, by island parent and education campaigner, David Watts, on the subject of IOM Primary and Secondary school performance. 


The body of work has gained considerable interest and attracted thousands of readers.

His latest publication entitled "An IOM Good Schools Guide", is the most comprehensive to date and contains a wealth of data related to the academic results from each of the Island's 32 primary schools, encompassing Reception Year and Key Stages 1 and 2. It covers a five year period, so readers can gauge performance over time rather than be presented with a "snapshot" of results from a single academic year.

Importantly, it focusses on so called "Covid Learning Loss" that shows some alarming results at both Island and individual school level.

Readers will be able to make comparisons with pre-Covid academic years (2019 and earlier) and the first set of results published in 2021 which reflected the outcomes from the teaching and learning delivered during the pandemic, when schools faced a number of lockdown closures.

While some schools rose admirably to the challenge others were found significantly wanting. The author suggests that the low attainment results in a large number of primary schools has created a 'catch up cohort' – many ill prepared for Secondary School and others falling behind at the earliest stages of their schooling.

Rather than merely relying on the written word David has agreed to present his findings at PAG's July public meeting.

He will explain his method of investigation, which has largely been achieved via FOI requests.

His interpretation of the results will be given.

David will be happy to answer questions from the audience.

Roger Tomlinson of PAG says "The large following, gained by Mr Watts' research, from far and wide, is a testament to his dedication that aims to fully understand the IOM educational system. We do hope that parents will come along, and more importantly participate in the meeting. PAG campaigned hard for the FOI legislation and we are pleased that Mr Watts has certainly used it to garner valuable data."

The meeting is free and open to all.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 June 2022 22:01

PAG Event: The Dark Money Files

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Positive Action Group public meeting

The Dark Money Files

The role of UK shell companies in global criminal networks


A presentation by Graham Barrow

Creator/Director of anti-financial crime project 'The Dark Money Files'

Monday 28 March 2022 @ 7:30pm

Manx Legion club, Market Hill, Douglas IM1 2BQ


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 22:03

PAG Event: Gas: Extract or Leave?

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Positive Action Group public meeting

GAS: Extract or Leave?

gas platform

Diccen Sergeant, CEO, Crogga Chris Robertshaw, Crogga major shareholder (as substitute)

Stu Peters MHK

Jon Curtis - Director, Petrolink International Ltd

Paul Craine MLC

Chair: Paul Moulton

Monday 28 February 2022 @ 7:30pm

Manx Legion club, Market Hill, Douglas IM1 2BQ


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 21:36

PAG Event: Legislative Council Hustings 2021

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Legislative Council Election Hustings

PAG has invited the seven candidates for the two vacancies to speak for themselves at a public meeting chaired by Paul Moulton.

7:30pm Monday 15th November 2021

Promenade Church, Loch Promenade, Douglas

The event is free and open to all


The candidates:   Corelli Bentham + Craig Brown + MaryBeth Coll + Paul Craine + Connor Keenan + Diane Kelsey + Bill Shimmins


Last Updated on Saturday, 13 November 2021 14:33

PAG Event: Chief Minister Hustings 2021

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Chief Minister Hustings

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Alf Cannan MHK


7:30pm Monday 11th October 2021

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas

The event is free and open to all

Every five years the Isle of Man chooses a Chief Minister (CM). Well that is not quite correct, because it's the 24 newly elected MHKs that elect the Chief Minister.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 October 2021 23:23

Seven Challenges the Isle of Man must Confront in the Near Future

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towChange is in the air following extreme uncertainty in recent months.

After the General Election in September IoM will have new politicians in post, a different Chief Minister and government.

There will be a new Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. A new Clerk of Tynwald will be in place.

PAG has assessed the considerable challenges that the new administration will have to face and we address them here in this discussion paper.

(see Disclosure at end of the paper)

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Last Updated on Sunday, 27 June 2021 19:37

Coping with Covid

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coping covid

Last Updated on Monday, 12 July 2021 22:14

Block Vote in Tynwald

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To aid understanding of Tynwald voting procedures PAG has updated its acclaimed 'Block Vote' diagram.

To be successful, the proposer of a motion, must get a majority of votes in both Keys and Council - generally
13 and 5 votes respectively.

In the Keys, bolstered by collective responsibility a Minister can be guaranteed 9 votes plus the votes of his/her
departmental members e.g The DfE Minister has 12 votes in the bag before any vote is taken!

We are pleased to say that, compared with our previous Block Vote from 2012, the current version shows that this voting system
is marginally less predictable. There are fewer MLCs who have a departmental role.

PAG Block Vote v3 2021s

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 June 2021 14:00
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